August 2nd, 2010
10:58 PM ET

Bill Cosby: I'm alive. Now, please cut it out

Bill Cosby is used to winking at internet rumors of his death. But after another one spread Monday, he said he hopes people will give the hoaxes a rest.

After false news of Cosby’s death spread by Twitter on Monday - "Bill Cosby died" was a trending topic on the microblogging service - the 73-year-old comedian talked to CNN's "Larry King Live" to prove he still is around.

"I don't want [whoever spread the rumor] to do this anymore, because this is my fourth time being reported [dead]," Cosby said by phone to CNN’s Kyra Phillips, who was sitting in for Larry King on Monday night.

Cosby used his wit to counter previous rumors. After the first, he borrowed a Mark Twain quote about reports of his death being an exaggeration.

But Cosby said Monday's rumor felt different. He said it left one of his friends in tears before he realized it wasn’t true.

"I don't know. Maybe a psychiatrist will say I'm feeding [the rumor starter's] ego, but I just want to say to friends of that person: Just tell him to stop, because it isn't funny."

On his own Twitter account, Cosby still went for a bit of humor Monday when refuting the rumor.

"Again, I'm rebuttaling rumors about my demise. But, I'm confirming I have an app," Cosby wrote before linking to an iPhone application featuring clips of the comedian's performances.

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  1. 1jimmyhoffa

    this just in Levi might have knocked up another chick?????? CNN WHERE WERE YOU ON THIS ONE??????

    August 3, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. ulti

    I think, about 5 years ago, i heard that he died and for the past 5 years i sincerely believed that Bill Cosby was dead. Now i just read here, that he is still alive, and he has been alive for those past 5 years? Now, that's what i call news.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
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  3. Tia C

    Can't the authorities figure out who is doing this? Seems to me after four times it's time to arrest someone. I would think they could trace the Twitter account to an IP address and nail the idiot. I hope they do. What a loser. Imagine having nothing better to do than erroneously reporting that a beloved man has died, when he hasn't? This person obviously needs something to do!

    August 3, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. tai999

    Should've waited for the obit to come out and then changed it to his liking.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. TJ

    I'm glad he's not dead but nobody will believe it when he really is!

    August 3, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Fred

    This just in: The person who posted the rumor on Twitter of Cosby's demise has died.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lakhbir

    The person who posted this must have a REALLY sad life

    August 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LilEJamie

    Oh my! Again! I luv Bill Cosby! This would have broken my heart if it was true.! I watch him everyday! I gotta meet him before its actually true..Luv ya Bill!

    August 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lloyd

    Black Celebs are under attack daily. The hoaxes will not stop. Anybody that's black that's in the public eye need to watch their back. All these events are racially motivated

    August 4, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sheryl

    Why do pple do such things....i was rather shocked to hear the news so i decided to google it and find out and am happy its a rumour...these pple have got to stop this unruly acts....THANK GOD ITS A BIG FAT LIE....

    August 5, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Edwin Ranjbar

    Best Comedian ever!!! I hope he keeps on ticking!! Too much time on whoever it was that reported hi demise!! Good thing it was all just a rumor, but wow look at how much buzz this got all over the place!!! Most media Cosby has probably gotten in a looooong time!

    August 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
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  13. Duan

    Pops it's ok i am glad you are here, and i pray that you are here to stay. Keep me smiling and laughing, for the rest of our days. " Jello Pudding Pops".

    September 29, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. Carrisa

    i think that bill cosbys the bomb and people need to stop with the oh bill cosby just died and now hes alive again. seriously i know 6 year olds that act more like adults. bill cosbys a great man a diserves the respect hes had for the past 40 years.

    January 31, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ron

    I'm glad your not dead your the greatest

    June 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
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